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Government Relations

Welcome to the CWU Office of Government Relations! Our website is an important part of our commitment to transparency and accountability in public higher education. If you don't see what you need here, please contact us and we'll get you the information you need.

The Department of Public Affairs is CWU's official  liaison with local, state, federal and elected officials for regulatory, budget, and policy matters of all kinds. We can help direct you to the right contact and provide critical background about legislative districts, pending policy issues, and current CWU data.


CWU is now pursuing budget and policy priorities in the 2017 session of the state legislature.

CWU's top capital budget request will be the construction of a Health Sciences facility. The $49.5 million facility will consolidate the Health Sciences programs into the science neighborhood where the College of the Sciences academic programs are now concentrated.  The new facility will replace the 50-year old Hertz Hall, which has serious structural and building systems deficiencies.

Other capital priorities include:

Aviation Expansion - Stand Alone $9.9 million

Funding is requested to design, bid and construct hangar and classroom space in addition to the existing facilities at the flight operations training center at Bowers Field Airport. Aviation enrollment is expected to increase dramatically in coming years under pressure from the aviation industry for personnel, especially pilots.

Farrell Hall – Design  $3.9 million
CWU will submit a self-funded predesign study to the state in 2016 and request design funding for 2017-19. Constructed in 1975, Farrell contains outdated electrical and mechanical systems along with original non-energy-efficient glazing and building-envelope construction. The elevator is outdated with poor mechanical quality; floors are not level. Farrell houses high demand departments on campus: Sociology and Law & Justice. These departments have expanded to the point that the departments are
fragmented throughout campus. 


Please contact us whenever you have a question or concern:

-- Linda Schactler, Chief of Staff / Vice President of Public Affairs
      509-963-1384; (M) 509-607-4103;
-- Ann Anderson, Director of Community and Government Relations
      509-963-2185; (M) 509-607-1273;
-- Antonio Sanchez, Assistant Director of Government Relations
      (during Interim) 509-963-3847, (M) 206 383-6980,
-- Steve DuPont, Assistant Director of Government Relations
      (during interim) 509-963-2185; (M) 509-201-0528;


​Budget and Policy Resources 

CWU is eager to illuminate the issues, programs, and individuals that make the university a wonderful educational institution and valuable state asset.  Budget and issue summaries are available here. Linda, Ann, Antonio and Steve will be happy to track down any additional information you may require.

Meet Our Legislative Team

Vice President of Public Affairs, Linda Schactler, coordinates all external relations for CWU, including state and federal relations. As Chief of Staff she coordinates communication with and work on the priorities of the Office of the President; she is Secretary to the board of Trustees. Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. She worked in commercial radio and television as news reporter, producer and announcer. Ms. Schactler ran her own Olympia-based public affairs firm for a decade, providing crisis- and issue-management services for a variety of clients. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from WSU and an in M.A. in English Literature from Washington University, St. Louis.

Director of Government and Community Relations, Ann Anderson, leads Central's outreach to state and local government and civic organizations . She served in the Washington State Senate for 12 years where her leadership positions included Senate Majority Whip and Majority Caucus Chairwoman. As a state senator, her committee assignments included the Senate Higher Education and K-12 Education committees. Ann's work in education has been recognized with CWU's Distinguished Alumni Award and the Washington Vocational Education Special Legislative. Ann holds bachelor's and master's in education degrees from CWU.

Assistant Director of Government Relations,Steve DuPont, has been on CWU's Government Relations team since 2008.  He was the Vice President for Political Affairs for the Associated Students of Central Washington University, in 2006 and 2007. Steve served on the Washington Student Lobby Board of Directors and was awarded the President’s Cabinet Award in 2007 for his effective advocacy on behalf of students. Steve holds a BS in Construction Management from CWU and a Master in Education in Higher Education from the University of Arkansas.

Assistant Director of Government Relations, Dr. Antonio Sanchez to the government relations team in 2015. Antonio earned his doctorate from the University of Washington and has more than 20 years of legislative background. He served as a senior legislative analyst with the Washington Legislature where he focused on higher education, health care, protocol and economic development. Antonio also was a faculty member in the Department of American Ethnic Studies at the UW where he taught Hispanic studies for six years. 

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